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How to Get Rid of Squirrels

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Squirrels dance through the trees and provide endless entertainment for pets, and they'd certainly be missed if they left our neighbourhoods for good. If you have a bird feeder or a garden, however, you know they can also be a big backyard nuisance. They eat birdseed, ruin growing vegetables, and sometimes even get trapped inside the house. Learn how to control squirrels both inside and out with humane but effective methods.


Controlling Squirrels Outdoors

  1. Remove squirrel food.Sure, you don't think of it as squirrel food, but if squirrels are overrunning your property it's because they're finding a lot of things they like to eat.
    • Rake up nuts, berries, and acorns from trees in your yard that drop them. These are squirrels' main sources of food.
    • Buy sealable outdoor trashcans. If your trashcan is easy for squirrels to get into, replace it with one that has a tight-sealing lid. Make sure you keep it closed at all times.
  2. Squirrel-proof your bird feeders.Squirrels are unbelievably crafty when it comes to eating from feeders. Use these methods to keep them from eating the birdseed before the birds have the chance to find it:
    • Buy squirrel guard to attach to your feeder that prevents squirrels from being able to get a grip on them.
    • Don't place feeders close to trees or your home. Squirrels will be able to bypass the guard by leaping from the branches or your home's eaves to the bird feeder.
    • Keep the area under the bird feeder clean. It may be a pain, but picking up stray seeds that have been dropped by birds will keep squirrels from hanging out near your feeder.
    • Fill your bird feeder with safflower seeds. Birds are happy to eat these seeds, but squirrels find them bitter.
  3. Protect your garden with a fence.Squirrels will dig up bulbs and tear off vegetables if you don't take measures to protect the garden. Use a wire fence and make sure it is buried about a foot into the ground, so the squirrels can't dig under it.
  4. Use squirrel repellent.Several products are available at hardware and home and garden stores. They're typically made with natural ingredients that cause squirrels to stay away.
    • Some repellents are made with cayenne or black pepper, which repels squirrels but doesn't bother birds. These repellents can be added directly to the bird feeder.
    • Some repellents are made with the urine of squirrels' predators. These are meant to be sprayed around gardens to keep squirrels away.
  5. Feed the squirrels.Instead of trying to drive the squirrels away, consider feeding them to keep them out of your bird feeder and garden. Scatter squirrel feed around your yard, or buy a feeder and place it well away from your bird feeder and garden.
  6. Try motion-activated sprinklers.These will spray squirrels when they get too close, with the added benefit of watering your lawn.

Controling Squirrels Indoors

  1. Make sure your attic doesn't contain food.If squirrels repeatedly get into your attic, they may be smelling something in there that attracts them. Clean out your attic and make it's sure of anything that could be appetizing.
  2. Trim branches that hang close to your roof and chimney.Squirrels can jump directly from the branches to your roof.
  3. Place a guard over your chimney.If squirrels and other critters often enter your home, consider placing an animal guard on your chimney. These are often made of stainless steel mesh, so you don't have to remove them when you use your fireplace.
  4. Provide an escape route.If a squire does become trapped in your chimney or attic, make sure it has a way to get out. Hang a rope down through your chimney so it can climb back up to the roof. Open a window in the attic and lure it out with squirrel food.
  5. Buy a live trap.Home and garden stores sell traps made specifically to capture squirrels without harming them. Set it up in your attic, and when the squirrel is caught, take it outside and release it.
  6. Call animal control.You may not want to deal with loose squirrels in your attic and chimney on your own. Call animal control to come over and trap the squirrel for you.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    The squirrels in my neighborhood are eating my wooden deck cover. I have sprayed with the cover with bleach, but they keep returning. What should I do?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Kill the squirrels. Buy a good pellet gun or 22 rifle and get rid of the problem.
  • Question
    How do I keep squirrels out of my garden?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Mix 1/3 cup flour, 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper, and 2 tablespoons powdered mustard. Sprinkle the mixture around the perimeter of your yard, or mix it with 4 cups of water and 4 cups vinegar to make a spray.
  • Question
    How do I prevent the squirrels from eating the pecans on my pecan trees?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Wrap the trunk with a piece of GI sheet to prevent squirrel from climbing. When the branches get low for the squirrels to jump up to, trim them.
  • Question
    Can red pepper help keep squirrels out of my yard?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    It could, but in my experience, the squirrels actually seem to like it. I would recommend giving it a shot and seeing how effective it is for you.
  • Question
    How can I remove a squirrel that is trapped in my basement?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Use a cage that traps them. You can put food in it and they will soon go in for food. You must take them far away from your house after that or they may come back.
  • Question
    How do I get squirrels out of my attic?
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    Community Answer
    Call a good pest control company. If the squirrels have had a litter of babies, or have been in your attic for several weeks, they and all their relatives will be attracted to your attic for at least a couple of years. Even the ones who have never been there seem to be able to detect that their tribe has once called it home.
  • Question
    How can I keep squirrels out of potted plants?
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    Community Answer
    My neighbor told me she put rocks on the top of the soil in her pots, and even put sea shells on some of them. It worked for her, so I've just tried it.
  • Question
    How can I keep squirrels out without harming them?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Use an ultrasonic repeller box. They let out a high-pitched sound that only animals can hear and it keeps them away.
  • Question
    How do I keep brown squirrels out of my RV?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Make sure all doors, windows, and other openings are tightly secured. That should help the problem significantly. Then, use squirrel repellent as needed.
  • Question
    How can I stop squirrels from digging up my lawn?
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    Community Answer
    Regularly put a bunch of acorns or nuts away from your lawn. That will keep the squirrels occupied.
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Quick Summary

To get rid of squirrels, try sprinkling cayenne or black pepper around your lawn and garden. You can also add the pepper directly to the inside of your bird feeders to stop squirrels from eating out of them without harming the birds. Just be careful using cayenne or black pepper if you have pets since it may be harmful to them. Alternatively, you can fill your feeders with safflower seeds, which birds love but squirrels don't like.

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  • Try prevention before removal. If you can figure out why the squirrels are there in the first place, you can get rid of them without having to use traps or cause any harm to them.


  • Though it may have looked neat on "The Roadrunner" cartoons, spraying your low lying trees with slippery liquids like cooking spray so that the squirrels fall off doesn't work.
  • After taking some of these actions, you may still need to wait until next season before squirrels build their nests elsewhere. Be patient.

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